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The Blue Book of Iowa Women A History of Contemporary Women

Compiled by Winona Evans Reeves, 1914.

  
 

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MRS. A. R. DEWEY

Sarah Rousseau Dewey belongs to one of the honored pioneer families of this state.   Her father, Dr. W. H. Rousseau, came to Washington, Ia., in 1844, and for many years successfully practiced his profession there.  Her mother, Electa Atwood, died at the early age of thirty-four years.  Sarah Rousseau was married May 20, 1873, to Almon Ralph Dewey, a young attorney, who made rapid strides in his profession.  For twelve years he served as district judge and by his just and impartial decisions, and by his knowledge of law won the respect and approval of the bar and the confidence of the public.  He was a man of high rank in the Masonic order and was honored with many state offices.  He died April 15, 1905, at the age of 60 years.  Two children were born to Judge and Mrs. Dewey, Mrs. Mable Dewey Brookling, of Pueblo, Colo., who is a singer of remarkable talent, and Charles Almon Dewey, a successful attorney, who is serving his third term as attorney of Washington county.  He was married Sept. 1, 1911, to Miss Jessie Laffer.   Mrs. Dewey is a devoted member of the M. E. church and teaches a class of fifty members in the Sunday school.  She is a member of the P. E. O. sisterhood and has served in its highest office, that of president of the Supreme Chapter.  She was chairman of the committee which compiled the History of the P. E. O. sisterhood.  For eight consecutive years she has been president of the Nineteenth Century Club and is a member of the Wednesday Reading Club. She is interested in civic affairs having been a director of the Washington Chautauqua and is president of the Rest Room Association.  She is a widely read woman and a woman of charming personality.
 

 

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